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Wellington Branch

The Wellington Branch is particularly active, perhaps not surprisingly given the concentration of recordkeepers in the capital. The Branch usually meets in Archives New Zealand's Training Room at 10 Mulgrave Street.

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Wellington Branch AGM - 16 August 2017.

Agenda here

End of the year celebration and party!

ARANZ Wellington Branch invites members, friends, and colleagues visiting our city for the RAILS and InterPARES conferences to an end of the year holiday celebration and PARTY. All are welcome!

Details below and here:

Thursday, December 8, 2016, 5pm-8pm

Backbencher Pub and Cafe, Upstairs

34 Molesworth St. (corner of Molesworth and Kate Sheppard Place) Thorndon

$10 to cover food (pay at door)

Good Food, Good Fun, Good Friends and Colleagues

Cash Bar

Please rsvp to

Branch Committee 2016-2017

Chair/President: Jessica Moran
Secretary: Mark Crookston
Treasurer: Jeremy Cauchi
Committee Members: Kirsty Cox
Michael Steemson
Sean McMahon


AGM Minutes and Reports

Wellington Branch AGM 2016 (PDF, 43KB)

Wellington Branch AGM 2015 (PDF, 27KB)

Wellington Branch Annual Report 2015 (PDF, 119KB)

Wellington Branch AGM 2014 (PDF)

Wellington Branch AGM 2013 (PDF)

Wellington Branch AGM 2012 (PDF, 28KB)

Wellington Branch Financial Report 2012(PDF)

Wellington Branch AGM 2011 (PDF, 10KB)

Wellington Branch AGM 2010 (PDF, 20 KB)

Wellington Branch AGM 2009 (PDF, 30KB)

Wellington Branch AGM 2008(PDF, 27KB)

Social Media

Wellington branch Linkedin page


Past Events:

Branch AGM, 11 August 2016

Notice is hereby given that the Wellington Branch of Archives and Records Association of New Zealand, will hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) at:

Archives New Zealand, Poutama Ruma,

Ground Floor, Mulgrave St, Wellington

Thursday, 11 August 2016, 5:30 pm to approximately 5.50pm


  1. Welcome by Chair (Jessica Moran)
  2. Notification of Members' Apologies
  3. Approval of Minutes of Annual General Meeting 2015
  4. Committee Report (Jessica Moran)
  5. Treasurer's Report (Jeremy Cauchi)
  6. Election of Officers (Mark Crookston)
  7. Other business

The AGM will be followed by time for some brief refreshments before a series of short talks from 6.10 – 7pm providing updates on a range of different activities across the branch.

Archives and Records Update from around Wellington

Brief talks on initiatives undertaken by members during the year, featuring:

  • Kerri Siatiras: The Mezzanine Meetings
  • Jonathan Knox: Archival Internships
  • Elizabeth Charlton: Digital Archive Research
  • Sue Hirst: The J.C. Beaglehole Room
  • Toni Thompson: The WCC Digital Hub
  • Donald Gregory: Te Rōpū Whakahau
  • and others to be announced.

We will then adjourn to the Thistle Inn for further refreshments.

International Perspectives on Records and Information Management

Tuesday May 10 2016. 2 - 5pm

In the week of May 9, Wellington is hosting a range of international recordkeeping and information management experts, for the International Standards Organisation (ISO/TC 46 SC 11) committee and working groups on records and archives management.ARANZ is delighted to collaborate with GOVIS and with ISO SC11 to invite the Wellington records and information management community to engage in dialogue with a selection of experts from around the world.For more information about this event, please see the draft programme.

Wellington Branch Christmas Party

The ARANZ Wellington Branch committee will host a Christmas Party on December 2, at Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision, and invite you to come along and share some time with your colleagues.

We're really excited to be able to provide such a nice inner city venue for you.

Please rsvp to


  • 5.15: Start with drinks. The bar will be open and we've arranged a couple of cheap deals for our event.
  • 6pm: 20 minute presentation in the cinema (with moving image) on film preservation from Ngā Taonga.
  • 6.30pm: Back to the foyer for more drinks and some catered platters of food. Note: We will probably share this space a little with a few people who will come to the public 7pm screening in the cinema, which is coincidently related to the Turnbull exhibition at the moment.
  • 7pm- 7.30ish: We stay in Foyer, drinking, laughing, snacking, and having a real good time, while the public, and any of our folk who want to, go into the cinema for the public screening.

Cover charge: $10. To cover catering and the small venue hire charge.

We have also invited our colleagues at the NZ Conservators of Cultural Material to join us. So we'll get to mingle and introduce ourselves to some conservators as well!

We hope to see you there to catch up, and share your stories on how the year has gone for you.

Note, you don't have to be a current member to come along. Family, friends, and colleagues who are thinking of joining are all welcome.

2015 ARANZ Public Lecture

When: Wednesday August 26, 2015. 6.15pm. Light refreshments will be available from 5.45pm

Where: National Library building, ground floor. Corner of Molesworth and Aitken St

Please RSVP by Friday August 21 to

The lecture will be preceded by the Branch AGM, in the same venue from 5.15pm.

Trust Networks and Tigers: New models for journalism and archives

Cassie Findlay


Both the archival/recordkeeping and journalistic professions are going through fundamental change and risk extinction without significant and rapid evolution. Both are losing their grip on the forms of control that once gave them a monopoly; online, anyone can disseminate a story or construct an archive. Both are operating in the midst of the political forces that come into play around information access, and both are struggling to find ways to continue to fulfill their missions as a result. Questions of trust, power, authenticity and connectedness are central to understanding and responding to these changes, for both professions. In this lecture Cassie Findlay will examine the rise of new models for journalism, including the world of leaks publishing, civic hacking and information activism, and consider the potential of emerging technologies such as the crypto-currency bitcoin and its underlying infrastructure, the blockchain. She will explain how for those of us in recordkeeping and archives, understanding and engaging with these movements can help us to challenge some of our assumptions and reimagine our methods to better meet the needs of a connected world.


Cassie Findlay is a co-founder of the recordkeeping and archives discussion group the Recordkeeping Roundtable which holds events and publishes on themes on the future of recordkeeping and archives and stuff they find interesting in the wider world. She is currently a senior consultant with Sydney-based consultancy Recordkeeping Innovation. Prior to this she was the Project Manager, Digital Archives at State Records New South Wales where she was responsible for delivering the digital archives infrastructure and processes for accepting, preserving and making available the ‘born digital’ State archives of the New South Wales Government. Cassie wrote the chapter on digital recordkeeping in the third edition of the Australian Society of Archivists' textbook Keeping Archives, and won the ASA’s Mander Jones Award for the best article of 2013 for her article ‘People, records and power: What archives can learn from WikiLeaks'. She has served in committees and leadership roles with the Australian Society of Archivists and the International Council on Archives, and is currently the Project Lead for the review of the International Standard on Records Management, ISO 15489.

Lecture: The Boethius Manuscript - 24 June 2015

We are delighted to bring you a joint ARANZ/LIANZA Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui event.

When: Wednesday 24th June 2015. 5.30pm-

Where: National Library building - ground floor

Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP by Friday 19th June to

Rare chance to hear about a 12th century manuscript from the collections of the Alexander Turnbull Library

Ruth Lightbourne has been Curator of the Rare Book Collection for 10 years. Being in charge of this fascinating collection of over 20,000 physical items has proved a delight, and one of the best aspects of the job is being able to share some of these treasures, through talks such as this, or in exhibitions, blogs and the like.

Among the many wonders in the Rare Book Collection of the Alexander Turnbull Library is a small group of medieval manuscripts, each one with a fascinating story to tell, whether it be in the content, the illuminations, or the provenance. Choosing one was difficult, but for this talk Ruth Lightbourne will explore perhaps the most special and one of her favourites.

Questions which immediately arise are: What does it look like? What is it about? How did it arrive in New Zealand? Accompanied by images, Ruth will show you some of the physical characteristics of this manuscript, look at its content and its two authors, Boethius and Guido of Arezzo, and trace the manuscript's previous owners and how it arrived in New Zealand. Following the talk, she will give you a taste of what the music of the 12th century sounded like.

ARANZ Annual Lecture 2014

part of International Archives Day -

Archives, Evidence & Truth: the Historian’s Perspective

Speakers: Basil Keane, Jim McAloon & Margaret Pointer

When: Monday, 9 June 2014, from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Where: Douglas Lilburn Room, First Floor, National Library of New Zealand, Molesworth Street, Wellington

The Wellington Branch of the Archives and Records Association of New Zealand (ARANZ) invites you to its annual lecture. This year’s lecture on will be held on International Archives Day, 9 June 2014.

Professional historians are one of the largest user groups of archives and records. Their research methods and publications foster interest in history and help generate appreciation of records and archives. Please join us for a lecture with the following speakers::


Director, Māori Digital Projects and senior historian, Manatū Taonga; Māori Editor of Te Ara.Co-editor of Te taiao – Māori and the natural world. Basil has a particular area of research interest in nineteenth century Māori language newspapers,manuscripts and archives.


Associate Professor in History, Victoria University of Wellington. Jim will reflect on the recent experiences of research for two recently published books ‘Judgements of all Kinds: Economic Policy making in New Zealand 1945-84’ (VUW) and‘Unpacking the Kists: The Scots in New Zealand (McGill-Queens and Otago UPS).


Committee member of PHANZA (Professional Historians’ Association of New Zealand/Aotearoa). Margaret is an independent researcher and is currently working a publication on 200 years of contact history on the island of Niue, which she has made heavy use of archival material.

Wellington Branch AGM 2012 Presentation

The ‘Silver bullet’ in Information Management – is understanding information management culture the answer? ARANZ Wellington Branch AGM presentation by Dr Gillian Oliver. Understanding information culture is vital for embedding recordkeeping culture successfully into organisations. Dr Oliver, PhD, M.Lib, BA (Hons,) explores the features of the New Zealand Information Culture outlined in her recent book. Her findings will provide a wealth of ideas for records practitioners and Information Managers seeking to implement best practice in their organisation. Silver Bullet for Information Management (powerpoint file)

RAW 2012 - ARANZ Lecture

ARANZ Wellington Branch hosted the 2012 ARANZ Lecture - Scandal on screen: Film censorship past and present. The lecture gave a background to censorship in New Zealand and the change in approach over the years. Kate Ward, Information and Policy Manager for the Office of Film and Literature Classification, discussed the work of the censor’s office and how it has changed over time. Shane Jackson, a preservation technician at Archives New Zealand, introduced a video cornucopia of the curious clips that hit the viewing studio floor in the course of the Censor’s Office work and explained how and why the censored clips were preserved.

Click here for Kate Ward's talk (pdf file)

Images used during Kate's talk:

The Collector Complaint (pdf file)

Movie poster for Last Tango in Paris

Movie poster for The Collector

Photograph of Ulysses audience


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